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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.13
COST's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
60% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.69 vs. COST: 1.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
COST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 1.33 Max: 5.83
Current: 1.13
0.01
5.83
Equity to Asset 0.32
COST's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
70% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. COST: 0.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
COST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 0.45 Max: 0.54
Current: 0.32
0.3
0.54
Interest Coverage 28.50
COST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
55% of the 245 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 22.80 vs. COST: 28.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
COST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.83  Med: 25.76 Max: 129.33
Current: 28.5
1.83
129.33
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 5.70
M-Score: -2.59
WACC vs ROIC
7.95%
25.04%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 3.07
COST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 353 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.95 vs. COST: 3.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.7  Med: 2.76 Max: 3.24
Current: 3.07
0.7
3.24
Net-margin (%) 1.99
COST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 353 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.77 vs. COST: 1.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.75  Med: 1.73 Max: 2.01
Current: 1.99
0.75
2.01
ROE (%) 20.14
COST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 345 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 8.52 vs. COST: 20.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.31  Med: 13.20 Max: 17.79
Current: 20.14
11.31
17.79
ROA (%) 6.89
COST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 354 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.43 vs. COST: 6.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 5.09  Med: 6.34 Max: 7.84
Current: 6.89
5.09
7.84
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 24.63
COST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 353 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.82 vs. COST: 24.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 17.14  Med: 21.10 Max: 34.56
Current: 24.63
17.14
34.56
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 8.30
COST's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. COST: 8.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
COST' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 4.8  Med: 10.10 Max: 14.9
Current: 8.3
4.8
14.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 9.00
COST's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 261 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. COST: 9.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
COST' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 6  Med: 10.10 Max: 20
Current: 9
6
20
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 12.10
COST's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. COST: 12.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
COST' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 2.4  Med: 12.10 Max: 24.4
Current: 12.1
2.4
24.4
» COST's 10-Y Financials

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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Signature Select Canadian Fund 72,300 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 1,602 sh (New)
Stanley Druckenmiller 158,100 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,554,913 sh (+47.96%)
RS Investment Management 54,413 sh (+10.67%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,047,548 sh (+8.91%)
John Rogers 5,221 sh (+3.24%)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 15,973 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 12,397 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 739,699 sh (-0.04%)
Mario Gabelli 105,460 sh (-0.81%)
Bill Frels 2,191 sh (-3.31%)
PRIMECAP Management 357,450 sh (-21.86%)
Chris Davis 6,603,246 sh (-34.29%)
Steven Cohen 74,400 sh (-66.47%)
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Q4 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ray Dalio 38,250 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 28,604 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 1,439 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 2,239 sh (New)
Stanley Druckenmiller 285,000 sh (+80.27%)
Ken Fisher 2,828 sh (+76.53%)
Jim Simons 1,955,213 sh (+25.74%)
Bill Frels 2,641 sh (+20.54%)
Ruane Cunniff 741,246 sh (+0.21%)
Jeff Auxier 12,398 sh (+0.01%)
Mario Gabelli 105,460 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 15,973 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham 2,031,230 sh (-0.80%)
RS Investment Management 41,879 sh (-23.03%)
Chris Davis 4,522,761 sh (-31.51%)
John Rogers 3,389 sh (-35.09%)
PRIMECAP Management 203,550 sh (-43.05%)
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Q1 2015

COST Guru Trades in Q1 2015

John Burbank 2,818 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 1,760 sh (New)
Jim Chanos 29,310 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 22,735 sh (+1479.92%)
Ken Fisher 3,089 sh (+9.23%)
John Rogers 3,500 sh (+3.28%)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Bill Frels 2,641 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Stanley Druckenmiller Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 740,950 sh (-0.04%)
Mario Gabelli 104,415 sh (-0.99%)
Ron Baron 15,765 sh (-1.30%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,992,868 sh (-1.89%)
Jeff Auxier 11,848 sh (-4.44%)
Chris Davis 3,464,872 sh (-23.39%)
Signature Select Canadian Fund 47,900 sh (-33.75%)
Jim Simons 1,195,000 sh (-38.88%)
Ray Dalio 10,450 sh (-72.68%)
» More
Q2 2015

COST Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Jim Chanos 63,119 sh (+115.35%)
Ken Fisher 4,473 sh (+44.80%)
Bill Frels 2,798 sh (+5.94%)
John Rogers 3,706 sh (+5.89%)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Lee Ainslie 1,760 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Ron Baron 15,729 sh (-0.23%)
Chris Davis 3,418,654 sh (-1.33%)
Ruane Cunniff 722,733 sh (-2.46%)
Jim Simons 1,160,939 sh (-2.85%)
Jeff Auxier 11,449 sh (-3.37%)
Mario Gabelli 97,975 sh (-6.17%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,296,268 sh (-34.95%)
» More
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Guru Investment Theses on Costco Wholesale Corp

Meridian Funds Comments on Costco - Aug 31, 2015

Costco (NASDAQ:COST) operates a differentiated business model, which is membership-based warehouse clubs. The paid membership base exceeds 42 million paying households and (at $55 per year) generates $2.4 billion in annual membership fees. This revenue is visible, recurring in nature, and over time, offers significant operating leverage as Costco gradually implements fee increases. Customers sign up because they receive significant value from Costco's ability to leverage its purchasing power to offer high quality brands at discounted value. Costco has always protected its brand and reputation, and, in many ways, was the original big box to think about the strategic benefits of customer relationships as opposed to driving traffic and transaction counts. Although the stock has recently lagged the broader S&P, Costco remains a core holding of the fund.





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Costco (NASDAQ:COST) operates a differentiated business model, which is membership-based warehouse clubs. The paid membership base exceeds 42 million paying households and (at $55 per year) generates $2.4 billion in annual membership fees. This revenue is visible, recurring in nature, and over time, offers significant operating leverage as Costco gradually implements fee increases. Customers sign up because they receive significant value from Costco's ability to leverage its purchasing power to offer high quality brands at discounted value. Costco has always protected its brand and reputation, and, in many ways, was the original big box to think about the strategic benefits of customer relationships as opposed to driving traffic and transaction counts. Although the stock has recently lagged the broader S&P, Costco remains a core holding of the fund. Read more...
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 26.80
COST's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
60% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 23.00 vs. COST: 26.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
COST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 14.35  Med: 24.16 Max: 29.82
Current: 26.8
14.35
29.82
Forward P/E 24.27
COST's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
78% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.38 vs. COST: 24.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 26.50
COST's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
59% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 22.90 vs. COST: 26.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
COST' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 14.38  Med: 24.20 Max: 29.8
Current: 26.5
14.38
29.8
P/B 5.80
COST's P/B is ranked lower than
91% of the 333 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. COST: 5.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
COST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.86  Med: 2.91 Max: 6.58
Current: 5.8
1.86
6.58
P/S 0.53
COST's P/S is ranked lower than
52% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. COST: 0.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
COST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.43 Max: 0.58
Current: 0.53
0.24
0.58
PFCF 31.85
COST's PFCF is ranked lower than
69% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.51 vs. COST: 31.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
COST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 13.8  Med: 29.89 Max: 114.1
Current: 31.85
13.8
114.1
POCF 15.10
COST's POCF is ranked lower than
59% of the 264 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 12.22 vs. COST: 15.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
COST' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 8.04  Med: 13.15 Max: 17.01
Current: 15.1
8.04
17.01
EV-to-EBIT 16.66
COST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
55% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 15.56 vs. COST: 16.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
COST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.6  Med: 14.40 Max: 18.8
Current: 16.66
8.6
18.8
PEG 2.32
COST's PEG is ranked lower than
55% of the 141 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.99 vs. COST: 2.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
COST' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.24  Med: 2.33 Max: 3.14
Current: 2.32
1.24
3.14
Shiller P/E 33.75
COST's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
73% of the 210 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 22.91 vs. COST: 33.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
COST' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.24  Med: 28.67 Max: 38.53
Current: 33.75
16.24
38.53
Current Ratio 1.05
COST's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
61% of the 340 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. COST: 1.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
COST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.94  Med: 1.11 Max: 1.25
Current: 1.05
0.94
1.25
Quick Ratio 0.52
COST's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
68% of the 340 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. COST: 0.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
COST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.13  Med: 0.49 Max: 0.66
Current: 0.52
0.13
0.66
Days Inventory 31.81
COST's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
55% of the 346 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 38.45 vs. COST: 31.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
COST' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 28.51  Med: 30.40 Max: 31.69
Current: 31.81
28.51
31.69
Days Sales Outstanding 3.76
COST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
75% of the 287 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 11.10 vs. COST: 3.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
COST' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 1.98  Med: 3.69 Max: 4.77
Current: 3.76
1.98
4.77

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.08
COST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
78% of the 451 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. COST: 1.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.6  Med: 1.03 Max: 1.64
Current: 1.08
0.6
1.64
Dividend Payout 0.28
COST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
75% of the 283 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. COST: 0.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16  Med: 0.26 Max: 0.38
Current: 0.28
0.16
0.38
Dividend growth (3y) 14.30
COST's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
68% of the 156 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. COST: 14.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
COST' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 40.1
Current: 14.3
0
40.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.15
COST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
52% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. COST: 2.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
COST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.19  Med: 2.04 Max: 3.24
Current: 2.15
1.19
3.24

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 5.74
COST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
83% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. COST: 5.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
COST' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.02  Med: 3.02 Max: 6.34
Current: 5.74
2.02
6.34
Price/Projected FCF 2.05
COST's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
69% of the 217 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. COST: 2.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
COST' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 1.02  Med: 1.86 Max: 7.95
Current: 2.05
1.02
7.95
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 1.87
COST's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
68% of the 28 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. COST: 1.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.23
COST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
60% of the 336 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. COST: 1.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
COST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.42  Med: 1.00 Max: 1.88
Current: 1.23
0.42
1.88
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.64
COST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
81% of the 83 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.62 vs. COST: 2.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
COST' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.35  Med: 2.23 Max: 3.03
Current: 2.64
1.35
3.03
Price/Graham Number 2.58
COST's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
74% of the 242 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. COST: 2.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
COST' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.17  Med: 1.80 Max: 3.12
Current: 2.58
1.17
3.12
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.04
COST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 352 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. COST: 6.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.3  Med: 7.00 Max: 11.6
Current: 6.04
5.3
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 12.90
COST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 224 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.39 vs. COST: 12.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
COST' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 9.8  Med: 13.10 Max: 15.5
Current: 12.9
9.8
15.5

Analyst Estimate

Aug15 Aug16 Aug17
Revenue(Mil) 116,722 126,219 138,645
EPS($) 5.30 5.69 6.33
EPS without NRI($) 5.30 5.69 6.33

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
Compare:WMT, WMMVY, DG, FDO, DLTR » details
Traded in other countries:COST.Argentina, COST.Chile, CTO.Germany, COST.Mexico,
Costco Wholesale Corp was incorporated in Washington and started operations in 1983. The Company and its subsidiaries operate membership warehouses. It offers its members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and select private-label products in merchandise categories. At the year end, the Company operated 663 warehouses worldwide: 468 United States (U.S.) locations (in 43 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico), 88 Canadian locations, 33 Mexico locations, 26 United Kingdom (U.K.) locations, 20 Japan locations, 11 Korea locations, 10 Taiwan locations, six Australia locations, and one Spain location. The Company's online business operates websites in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Mexico. The category of items sold includes Food including dry and institutionally packaged foods, Sundries including snack foods, candy, tobacco, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies, Hardlines including major appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio, and office supplies, Fresh Food including meat, produce, deli, and bakery, Softlines including apparel, small appliances, and home furnishings, and Ancillary and Other including gas stations, pharmacy, food court, and optical. Ancillary businesses within or next to our warehouses provide expanded products and services and encourage members to shop more frequently. The ancillary businesses in operation include Food Courts, Photo Processing Centers, Optical Dispensing Centers, Pharmacies, Hearing-Aid Centers, Gas Stations and warehouses. Its trademarks include Costco Wholesale and its private label brand, Kirkland Signature. Marketing activities generally include community outreach programs to local businesses in new and existing markets and direct mail to prospective new members. Ongoing promotional programs primarily relate to coupon mailers, The Costco Connection (a magazine we publish for our members), and e-mails to members promoting selected merchandise. It competes with warehouse club operations across the U.S. and Mexico primarily Wal-Mart's Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club. In addition, it competes on a worldwide basis with global, national and regional wholesalers and retailers, including supermarkets, supercenters, department and specialty stores, gasoline stations, and internet retailers. Competitors such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's and Amazon.com are among its significant general merchandise retail competitors. It also competes with operators selling a single category or narrow range of merchandise, such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Office Depot, PetSmart, Staples, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens, and Best Buy.

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